American Potatoes



I have been working on new recipes for Dining, Not Just Eating 2.   So far, I have been enjoying the work.  I’m coming up with my own recipes as well as suggestions from friends.  My only rules are they must be easy to make and simply delicious.  I demand flavor.  Perfect case is breakfast food.  I love eggs and that usually means some sort of potatoes. Hash browns or Home fries.  Both have their fans.  I like them when they are done properly but often, they are either flavorless or burned on the outside and raw in the inside.

Problem is that the fry cook is under pressure to get your meal up and out as quick as he can.  That leaves you to load them up with hot sauce and tons of salt.  Well after some experimenting and taste testing I have worked up what I believe is the best method and I will call them American Fries.

Take either one large or two small russet potatoes, per person, wash them but don’t peal them.  Next grab your mandolin, in my opinion no kitchen should be without one.  I found the Swissmar Borner V-1001 V-Slicer Plus Mandoline 5 Piece Set,  It is now priced at under $45 but you might find it for less online.  I set it to slice small thin potato chip like slices.  Chop a quarter of a sweet onion and toss them in a medium hot skillet with melted butter (2tbls).  Salt and pepper to taste.  I use about ½ tsp salt and a probably ten twists of my pepper grinder.  Next sprinkle them with garlic powder and Italian seasoning to taste.  Finally, take out your smoked paprika and give it a good shake, probably two tsps.  Stir this mixture in the pan and after about two minutes use your spatula to mix it up and turn the potatoes over.   Cover the skillet with a lid.  It doesn’t need to be tight fitting.  You want it to reflect the heat not trap in steam.

Now give them some time.  If they seem to be browning too fast turn down the heat a little.  Trick is, do not rush the cooking.  You want the potatoes to be crispy brown on the outside and tender on the inside.  Giving them time to slowly cook also allows the potatoes to soak up the flavors from the butter and spices without the butter burning.   Test them.  Select a medium sized slice of potato and taste it.  Is it done all the way through?  Does it need more salt or pepper?  Does it need more smoked paprika?  Don’t rush the spuds but don’t under cook them or you will be disappointed.

I like mine with eggs.  Today I made simple scrambled eggs to accompany them on the plate.   Since I have found the secret to these potatoes I find myself having breakfast for dinner or lunch quite often.    By the way you can add just about anything you want to the potatoes.  If you have some green pepper in the fridge, dice it and add it to the mix at the start so that it has time to soften.  Same goes if you find you only have a slice of ham or bacon.  Cut it up into little pieces and add it at the beginning.

By the way, my son Pat, asks at least once a week if we can have eggs and potatoes.  He is a convert.  Sorry there are no photos today.  I didn’t even think of it till after I made lunch and was done.


If you have a recipe that you think might meet my requirements please send it in.  If I use it I will make sure you get full credit in the book.  You won’t get any money for it but you will get fame and recognition.


Dine well,

Bob Weisskopf





Chico 7 TROLLS Reviews


Reviews are slow and hard to come by but they have been great.   Check these two out

5 Stars: 5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read

on March 10, 2017

A new twist for the Lola crew. Enjoyed the book and now waiting for the next. Keep it up Bob.
on April 20, 2017
Weisskopf has done it again, this time putting together two exciting adventures in one book. Back are the old familiar characters I love doing what they do best. He has also introduced several new characters which I hope will also become at least semi-regulars. Weisskopf’s books are great sci-fi adventures that concentrate on the characters and their interactions along with a great big helping of technology mixed in. This is a series you’ll quickly become addicted to and you will find yourself anxiously awaiting the next. I know I am.
Thank you for your great reviews.   I can use all I can get.
Bob Weisskopf

Ambush in the Forest

Ambush in the Forest Paperback cover

Ambush in the Forest is now available as a paperback in addition to e-book.  At first you had to join my mailing list through Join the Journey to receive the story for free.  It’s still available that way.  Then I published it with Amazon as a Kindle ebook.  Now it’s also available as a paperback through Amazon.

Anyway you decide to get this great short story you’ll enjoy a slice into the history of Chris Williams, Jack Tracey’s best friend.  See a little into what makes him tick and why his people would follow him into hell.

I hope you enjoy the journey.

Back to work

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I took a couple of weeks off from writing.  I focused on marketing my books.  Currently I have my cookbook Dining Not Just Eating as well as my four novels in the Journey of the Freighter Lola series and the prequel Ambush in the Forest.  In the next few days the prequel will be available in print not just as an e-book.

Today I sat down at my computer keyboard and began chapter 1 in the fifth novel in the Journey series.  Keeping with my past practice my working title is simply Lola 5.  It will pick up where Chico 7 – TROLLS left off.

Although I hadn’t written anything down for Lola 5 until today I have been working on the story and plot in my head.  I don’t outline my stories like many authors do but I do work them out in my head first.  I don’t have the entire story figured out yet, but I have enough to start the book.  Jack, Chris, and Julie will let me know how the rest of the story will go as I get there.


Guess his favorite book

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Guess this killer guard dog’s favorite book in the Journey of the Freighter Lola scifi adventure series and I will send you a free download of my novella prequel to the series , Ambush in the Forest.

Just send an email message to with your choice and if you guess it correctly I will send you back a link to download your free copy.  You pick the format so you can read it on what every you want.  You can even download the free Kindle reader app.